Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Baby steps


DAY1:

After I’ve gotten the sewing machine par service à domicile, I set my mind the next day to put in practice everything the merchant taught me like winding the bobbin, inserting it, threading the machine and again raising the bobbin thread, mais aussi changing the snap on presser foot and the needles.

I didn’t really wanted to change the needle at the start –J’ai une sensation terrible et une tendance de m’éloigner de tout ce qui pique, les vaccins, les moustiques etc. Nevertheless, j’avais pas de choix. When I started trying different stitches at a time I felt it was getting a bit sloppy –Always a result of me not checking to see if the bobbin is threaded correctly. I threaded the machine repeatedly but jammed constantly –A lot of bobbin thread got stuck under the slide. So to get myself out of this mess, ma patience finie, I started pulling the thread hard when I heard something break. After staring a moment at part of the needle still hung up the needle clam, I was on all four to look for the other broken part of the needle. I think it was funny to break the first needle on the first day so I take it à la rigolade. Also, I’m sure it’s going to be a story to tell in several yrs. ‘ HEYY I BROKE THE NEEDLE WHEN I FIRST FIRST STARTED’. Preuve de débutante. Ouch.
DAY2:
I started to manipulate the sewing machine easier and got used to make buttonholes. I screwed up later while trying to make some decorative stitch patterns. Et ma patience finie, I stopped working.
I also established making plans for sewing stuff I designed like the tuxedo shirtdress, Peter Pan collar shirts and satin shorts. But then I opened Burda Style to read about the pattern making, cutting, and sewing and I just felt like throwing up – I wasn’t used to that particular style of writing and the terms employed were complicated to understand.  And that was the end of it.
Day3:
Avec beaucoup de courage, I began to read Burda Style magazine for several more days to get accustomed and understand all what it says. And my efforts payed.




Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Black and White Picks

Repeatedly every year and again this season, Black is being associated with White. With Karl Lagerfeld famous black collar outfit and minimalist Phoebe Philo rumours moving to LV and besides Zara's fast fashion apparel collection of chic and sleek dresses, Black and White is proven to be a constant hit. Not only does Black makes people look slimmer, but White also shows off their summer tan.
Likewise, you can never be out of fashion wearing Black or White.
Chanel Sunglasses_Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's Dresses_Zara Striped Dress_Christian Louboutin Patent Leather Pumps_Tiffany's &co. Pearl Necklace_Melissa Jelly Oxford.







Wednesday, August 3, 2011

BACK!

The reason why -yeah I never run out of excuses- I have not been updating the blog is because I was busy but I also wanted to wait for something interesting enough to write about. I bought a sewing machine, Singer 2868C. It took me a while to decide whether I wanted to get this machine or not. Because here, in Lebanon, when a merchant stops selling as much as he used to in the old times he increases the prices of his market. Du coup, the electronic sewing machine I wished to have, Singer Stylist 7258, accounted for more than ten times its original price. Le pauvre type said "3000$ and up" while I saw online purchases ranging from 200-400$. Moreover, I did not want to pay more for a sewing machine that just works fine. The guy's a complete fraud. But then again I had to weigh the pros. If I wanted to ameliorate and develop my skills, I need a lot of free time and that's what summer's for. Therefore, I got it. 345$. But, how much is it really worth?
Singer 2868 C







Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Last friday, I went with dad to Baalback's festival -one of the most reputed in middle eastern area- to replace mom who couldn't go.
I wore a Long Dress, DKNY heels, Mango bag, Chanel sunglasses.
The Baalback's famous historical columns standing right behind the play.

The next day in the evening I went out with my friend who was leaving for Barcelona the following day. We got macaron from La Duree -I just crave this place!
The delicious macaron packed in a box. I took this photo originally to tease my friend who's in Scotland right now -Talaaa i miss u! - and missed my macaron orgasm moment.
 Later at night, I met my friends from Atomic prod. and helped them with the fliers that they were distributing about the party they planned with Ice Tropez; and it is happening tomorrow at Senses rooftop.
You can see on the top the Ad for the party.

On sunday, my brother cooked for the family since SuperMom wasn't here.. :(
My brother has such a fine but crazy taste in food. For example he made boiled shrimps with simple avocado cream. it was surprising yet delighful; i wish i had taken a picture of the food!
Later in the afternoon, after each of us took a proper nap, we went to Beirut souks.
I saw the nicest pair of men shoe at Louis Vuitton and hoped really hard to afford it one day -Even if it isn't available in a version for women. You can see for yourself the shoe in the link below. http://www.louisvuitton.com/en/flash/index.jsp?direct1=cate_m&direct2=cat10037 
 Go to winter 2011 -Lace-ups > Atlas Lace up in Taiga and Suede.

When we went to Nike store (Still in the souk), we discovered an exposition of old cars that dated back from the mid 20th century. It was something uncommon and delightful to see.

That car got my attention the most. Firstly because it was Camil Chamoun's (Ex president of Lebanon around the 1950s-1960s) and secondly because it had a flat tire ever since... Was he too rich and prodigal that he would just buy another car instead? And so... Did he ?
 
One of my best purchase that day, the Easytones from Reebok. They're just so amazing though I still need to wear them &start working out!
Too happy with my new shoess











Friday, July 8, 2011

Elsa101 Fact#1: Best known for the succulent cookies she makes.

Likewise, I've been taking a lot of orders from friends and family lately. I've been repeating this same recipe for over 3times this past week -And i guess it's going to hit the fourth today. I guess my cookies are pretty much like nicotine, once you have a taste of them you get hooked.



Now here, doesn't it just look like it tastes heaven ?
I say it's calling you!